Serving up lunch ‘one student at a time’; Marlas Lunch combines school lunches with fundraising

When her three sons were younger, Marla Stone took great pride in sending them to school with unique, healthy lunches. Her children’s lunches got noticed, and soon her sons’ friends were asking Stone to make them a lunch to take to school. Before long, she was making dozens of lunches for her children’s friends. Fast-forward … Read more

BizWeek: Illinois to pay down unemployment debt; developer plans to save historic building

State to use budget surplus on debt In an effort to save businesses nearly a billion dollars in unemployment taxes, lawmakers on Tuesday announced a bipartisan plan to use the state’s budget surplus to pay down the remaining $1.4 billion in unemployment debt taken on during the COVID-19 pandemic. A way to save historic building … Read more

Strong tech employment figures counter layoffs narrative, CompTIA analysis shows

DOWNERS GROVE — Technology companies added workers for the 24th consecutive month and tech occupations expanded throughout the economy in November, the latest “Tech Jobs Report” from CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry and workforce, reveals. CompTIA’s analysis of today’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics #JobsReport reveals that tech companies added 14,400 workers … Read more

Pulse Technology receives 2022 Better Business Bureau Torch Award

SCHAUMBURG — Pulse Technology, a technology company serving the IT, Managed Print Services and other needs of businesses throughout the Midwest and beyond, has been presented the 2022 Torch Award for Ethics, by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Chicago and Northern Illinois. This award is only given to between six and ten businesses each … Read more

25% of suburban Cook homeowners saw lower property taxes: See the median tax bill town by town

About a quarter of homeowners in North and Northwest suburban Cook County saw their property taxes decrease in 2022, while only 7.8% of commercial properties experienced declines. An analysis by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office shows commercial properties bore the heavier burden of the nearly $94 million increase in property taxes in the North … Read more

A canine Chipotle? New Barrington business offers restaurant experience for dogs

After walking into Bredwell, you might mistake it for a familiar fast-food franchise. You might even be tempted to bark out an order. Meats, garnishes and other ingredients sit in trays at a food bar, ready to be mixed into a meal. Above the serving station are helpful ordering instructions. The difference is that this … Read more

Batavia Boardwalk Shops seek applicants for 2023

BATAVIA — If you have a budding business and want to propel it to the next level, Batavia MainStreet invites you to apply for one of the 10, 12-square-foot Batavia Boardwalk Shops spaces available next season. The cluster of tiny shops is located on the southeast corner of Wilson and River streets in Batavia. Applications … Read more

Plans moving forward to convert historic factory building in St. Charles into apartments

Developer Bob Rasmussen has a history of preserving historic structures. Now he is involved with an effort to preserve a two-story brick manufacturing building constructed in 1904 for the Heinz Brothers Cut Glass Co. and later used as a lamp factory. Rasmussen and his business partners recently purchased the building at the northeast corner of … Read more

Bipartisan state plan to pay down remaining unemployment debt aimed at reducing employers’ taxes

SPRINGFIELD — In an effort to save businesses nearly a billion dollars in unemployment taxes, lawmakers on Tuesday announced a bipartisan plan to use the state’s budget surplus to pay down the remaining $1.4 billion in unemployment debt taken on starting in 2020. “This bipartisan agreement eliminates the final portion of the $4.5 billion of … Read more